ERIC Number: ED246440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Genevieve Forbes Herrick: A "Chicago Tribune" Reporter Covers Women in Politics.
Steiner, Linda; Gray, Susanne
Genevieve Forbes Herrick was one of the foremost women reporters of the "Chicago Tribune" during the 1920s and 1930s. Noted for her particular and consistent attention to women in national politics, her earliest political articles appeared in 1922, when she covered the Cook County primaries with an eye toward women contenders running against the Chicago political machine. She then covered the campaign of Ruth Hannah McCormick for the House of Representatives, and the succession of Hattie Caraway to her husband's United States Senate seat. Herrick occasionally used her own reactions and responses as a way of dramatizing the status of women involved in politics, and she often took a critical, even mocking, view of the political process. In her coverage of both parties' presidential conventions in 1928 and in 1932, her analyses hinged on contrasting the parties' treatment of women, and in dispelling the myth of a women's voting bloc. She was greatly concerned when women in politics refused to be interviewed, and delighted in reporting the weekly press conferences of Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Herrick's close friendship with Mrs. Roosevelt annoyed the "Tribune" publisher, who was opposed to Roosevelt and the New Deal, and ultimately caused Herrick to resign. Well after her resignation, the "Tribune" continued to report on her exploits, her visits to Chicago, and her speeches as president of the Women's National Press Club. Her reporting shrewdly analyzed the evolving role and status of women, and offered instructive models for women entering the political arena. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Herrick (Genevieve Forbes); Journalism History
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).